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Lorry crash sparks huge queues and 50-minute delays on M25 in Essex

Lorry crash sparks huge queues and on M25 in Essex – as London records second highest level of rush-hour traffic since start of third lockdown

  • One lorry crashed on the orbital motorway, which goes around London
  • It caused the M25 clockwise to be temporarily closed and a 50 minute jam
  • The road was opened just after 9am, an hour after the accident first happened
  • It came as traffic figures were the second highest of the third lockdown 

A lorry crash caused rush hour chaos near on the M25 this morning – with hundreds of motorists facing 50 minutes of tailbacks.

The accident happened just before 8am near to the Dartford Crossing as key worker drivers were attempting to get to their employers.

Gridlock spread from the site, which was on the clockwise carriageway between junctions 1a and 1b just beyond the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.

It came on the same day London recorded the second highest levels of traffic of the third lockdown. 

One lorry driver posted a picture online of the stuck traffic as he queued. 

One lorry driver posted a picture online on the resulting chaos from the rush hour crash

Motorists faced tailbacks of 50 minutes as traffic was backed up while 999 crew attended

Motorists faced tailbacks of 50 minutes as traffic was backed up while 999 crew attended

He bemoaned: ‘Was going to be a nice day until I got to the M25.’ 

It immediately shut down all lanes on the motorway, but by 9am all had reopened again.

Highways England South East said: ‘There was a collision on the M25/A282 clockwise just after the QE2 Bridge, lanes 1,2,3 closed, and the slip off at J1A whilst recovery takes place. All necessary services were on scene to affect recovery. 

This map showed congestion on the roads sparked by the closures following the crash

This map showed congestion on the roads sparked by the closures following the crash

‘There are currently delays of up to 50 minutes with congestion back to J29. Please allow extra time for your journey. We have crews working to get all lanes open. Thanks for your patience.’

Then after 9am, they announced: ‘All lanes are now open following the collision.’

The UK is currently under strict lockdown due to efforts to try and control the spread of deadly coronavirus.

Restrictions state only essential journeys should be made and people should only travel to work when they cannot at home.  

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